James J. Powell, founder of Powell Companies, is a man of vision and commitment – the vision to see what could be done and the commitment to see that it is done well.
Mr. Powell, a true entrepreneur, has surrounded himself with more than a 500-member workforce that holds the same values he has – men and women of character who believe the only answer to true success is honesty, integrity, and hard work.
Powell Construction Company was founded in 1969 as a crane and steel erection company. In 1973, other divisions were created, including mineral processing and construction, and in 1996 Powell Sales was formed to provide service in West Virginia. These divisions are strategically located to serve our customers with efficiency and to complete our projects safely and on schedule with on-the-job project management. In order to meet the high demands of working efficiently in a modern digital age, Powell Companies employs highly-trained staff to manage the computers systems that service the entire organization.
Headquartered in Johnson City, Tennessee, Powell Companies also has locations in Beckley and Fairmont, West Virginia. Powell’s highly-skilled staff of professional millwrights, ironworkers, welders, pipe-fitters and carpenters, supported by a modern fleet of cranes with capacities up to 200 tons, brings to its customers the latest technology and superior workmanship.
Powell Companies believes that its employees are the company’s most important assets. We are committed to the highest standards of safety and professionalism in the workplace. We believe that accident prevention is the most important phase of our business and we have set a permanent goal of zero accidents. We take a proactive approach to safety, utilizing education, on-the-job training, controlled substance testing, and consistent enforcement to achieve our goals.
For almost 50 years, our commitment has remained the same: we design and construct each project in the least amount of time needed and within our customer’s budget.